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Water, Farming & Finance: Community Non-Profits Impact Sustainable Business

By Alexis Barnes, 12:08pm AFKI Original

Tapping into the social needs of the continent, many non-profits are boosting African business and economics, equipping citizens with skills and tools to increase sustainability. These organizations use initiatives like job creation, vocational skill instruction and agribusiness tools to leave a lasting impact for communities to further develop. Non-profits like The Samburu Project, Project Mercy and The Hunger Project aim to equip African farmers, women and entrepreneurs with the skills to support themselves and their communities.

Election 2014: Are South Africans Fed Up With ANC’s 20-Year Rule?

wsj.com By Kevin Mwanza, 05:16am

As South Africa celebrates 20 years since the end of apartheid this Sunday, the mood will be more about the upcoming election rather than taking stock of what progress the country has made under the ANC’s rule. Amidst a slowing economy, reduced foreign direct investment, and crippling mine workers strikes,

First Social Media Week Johannesburg To Debut In September

socialmediaweek.org By Kevin Mwanza, 06:58am AFKI Original

After two successful event in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2013 and 2014, Social Media Week (SMW) is finally making its way to Johannesburg South Africa for the first time this September. With over 25 million active users across different social media platform, South Africa is the most connected country on the continent.

10 French-African Fusion Recipes To Die For

beninese ragout By Julia Austin, 02:49am AFKI Original

Some French-African dishes blend flavors in creative, mouth-watering ways. Rabbit is a very popular meat in French cuisine, but Gabonese chefs make some of the greatest rabbit sauce. Blending peanut butter, garlic, tomato puree and Maggi chicken cube, this is a complex, sweet-and-salty sauce that tastes great over any meat.

10 African Tea Companies Notable For Sustainable Practices

drink.seriousseats.com By Mark Rausch, 10:01am AFKI Original

Run by generations of the Scottish Cathcart Kay family, the Satemwa Tea company of Malawi has helped promote reforestation by donating eucalyptus seeds. It also runs a free-under-5 medical clinic for Malawian children. The tea estate in Thyolo produces green, white and black tea and practices fair trade. Here are 10 African tea companies notable for sustainable practices, fair trade, social consciousness or environmental friendliness.

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    Angola to Put Sovereign Funds Toward Commercial Property Investment

    Thinkstock By Makula Dunbar, 05:41pm

    Angola’s Sovereign Fund, which was set up with initial capital of U.S. $5 billion, plans to start investing in hotels and commercial facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, its chairman José Filomeno dos Santos said. Speaking to financial news agency Bloomberg in Hong Kong, dos Santos said that the Fund may invest in 50 hotel units in sub-Saharan African countries, including Angola.

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    3D Printing Technology Emerges in South Africa

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    By Makula Dunbar, 05:16pm

    “A lot of people have gotten ideas for new products and it’s very difficult for them to turn those ideas into prototypes which can then go into samples for products, Pieter Cilliers, Cape Craft and Design Institute project support coordinator told CCTV Africa. Affordability and the ease of learning the operational aspects of 3D printers is increasing the popularity of housing them within design firms. According to the video report, costs for 3D printers in South Africa starts around $1,000

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    Zimbabwe Bypasses Local Options, Seeks BRICS Financing

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    Zimbabwe is courting the BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to finance its ambitious $27 billion economic blueprint, the ZimAsset, after admitting that the resources could not be raised locally. Vice President, Joyce Mujuru, said at the ongoing Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo on Wednesday that the grouping provided most realistic chance of funding after relationship with Western countries continues to be strained.

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    Can Privatization Solve Nigeria’s Chronic Power Shortage?

    Photo: www.ifeadebayo.com By Dana Sanchez, 03:59pm

    Many of Nigeria’s 174 million people don’t have electricity and those who do endure power outages 320 days of the year, WallStreetJournal reports. Now West Africa’s biggest oil producer wants local businessmen to solve problems in another part of the energy matrix — electrical power. Can privatization help?

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    Mauritius, Seychelles Prioritize Trade and Commercial Ties

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    The Minister for Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection of the Republic of Mauritius, Honourable Cader Sayed Hossen paid a courtesy call on President James Michel this morning at State House. Mr. Hossen is in the country heading a strong Mauritian business delegation participating in the first Seychelles-Mauritius international trade fair and the Seychelles-Mauritius business forum.

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    Afrikan Boy Blends Cultures In Explosive New Music

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    By Dana Sanchez, 01:12pm

    Afrikan Boy — born Olushola Ajose — is among the many artists leading the Afrobeat music movement, which combines African pop and British grime and dubstep. He’s shaking up London’s nightclubs by blending Nigerian and British cultures in an explosive new music, OZY reports. Ajose’s generation of African musician is going back to its roots and storming the music scene. Afrikan Boy’s wild and distorted beats, vibrant clothes and jubilant verses reflect this. “His Nigerian heritage is a battle flag calling card,” Jack Doyle writes for OZY.

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    In Brazzaville, Fashionistas Lift Spirits With Apparel And Activism

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Madiavilla/Splash/Corbis By Dana Sanchez, 11:55am

    When can fashion be considered an act of social activism? When it’s worn by “sapeurs” — men dressed to impress in a depressed, war-torn African country. Congolese servants often got paid by colonial employers in clothing instead of money. This evolved into a group of local fashionistas known as “sapeurs” who are lifting spirits with their apparel. Spending money on canes and silk socks might seem frivolous in a country where half of the population is in extreme poverty, but the movement has become a subtle form of social activism — even subversion.

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    StartUp Craze Bites Ethiopian Youth Seeking To Ride Good Economic Tides

    Photo: thenextwomen.com By Kevin Mwanza, 09:05am

    Young Ethiopians are eager to benefit from the economic growth of the last few years. And since the market has so many opportunities, everyone seems to be working on a start-up idea in the hopes of “making it.” Around the capital city Addis Ababa, young people sit with their laptops in any hotel lobby that offers free wifi. Many of them will tell you they are working on their latest start-up idea.

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